He lives in one of the most remote corners of the world. It’s something he’s done for more than 46 years. In 1965, Faustino Barrientos moved to the shores of Lake O’Higgins in Chilean Patagonia.
Barrientos works as a gaucho — a horse-riding rancher and shepherd.
His home was built from the remains of a shipwrecked vessel, and he pretty much lives off the land alone. One of the most modern amenities that he owns is a radio.
Many people like to think they’d love to be alone, but alone alone is a totally different story.Typically, complete solitude and isolation can drive people mad, particularly mentally.
The only contact he has with people occurs only once every few years, when he rides 25 miles away on horseback through the wild mountains to sell his cattle.
Perhaps if we lived in a place as breathtaking as Patagonia, we wouldn’t mind shutting ourselves out from the rest of the world for a while.